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Wellbeing

The ݮƵ has long championed the wellbeing of doctors, both for their own sake and the sake of their patients. Covid-19 has made the campaign for support for doctors’ wellbeing even more urgent.

We have pulled together a selection of articles and podcasts relevant to doctors’ wellbeing which we hope will offer support to individuals and organisations.

Cat Chatfield and Abi Rimmer are the co-leads of The ݮƵ Wellbeing work. You can contact them via Twitter on and or please join


Doctors' wellbeing is a key priority for The ݮƵ. You can find a range of content and resources to support wellbeing below.

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Covid-19











Occurrence, prevention, and management of the psychological effects of emerging virus outbreaks on healthcare workers: rapid review and meta-analysis
What organisations around the world are doing to help improve doctors’ wellbeing






How can I feel less isolated from colleagues?

How can I keep calm during self-isolation?
Managing mental health challenges faced by healthcare workers during covid-19 pandemic

Helen Salisbury: Fear in the time of covid
How can I cope with redeployment?



Podcasts









Suicide


Julian Warshafsky: how this doctor died and what it tells us about the system that failed him
Suicides among junior doctors in the NHS


Fatigue and Sleep
Fatigue and risk - are train drivers safer than doctors?
Should doctors work 24 hour shifts?
"Going the extra mile" endangers doctors, patients, and the NHS
Optimising sleep for night shifts


Resilience and Burnout
Resilience: Five minutes with . . . Nicola McKinley

Burnout among doctors
When "resilience" becomes a dirty word


Unprofessional behaviour
Confronting unprofessional behaviour in medicine
I'm being bullied by a colleague: what should I do?
Bullying in the workplace: almost 40% of doctors think it is a problem, BMA finds
NHS staff get new measures to tackle violence in the workplace
Scottish health secretary orders independent inquiry into bullying culture at NHS Highland


Emotional wellbeing
Jenny Firth-Cozens: What I learnt from studying doctors’ mental health over 20 years


Moral Distress in hospital doctors
When doctors need treatment: an anthropological approach to why doctors make bad patients


Working environment

Workplace gyms and canteens should suit doctors’ working patterns, says BMA report

Why junior doctors need more autonomy


Student
Improving student mental wellbeing




Do medical schools care? Rethinking compassion within medical training
Everything, every day, all at once—why we need to ask less of medical students


#giveusabreak campaign

In response to the rising prevalence of burnout, in support of the work done by many other organisations, and following discussions with our wellbeing advisory board, The ݮƵ is launching a campaign calling for doctors to be able to take the breaks that they need for their wellbeing and for patient safety.

This isn’t a new idea. Medical organisations, trade unions, and royal colleges have campaigned on this issue in the past and continue to do so. However, the problem persists and may be getting worse. We will bring these organisations together, along with other stakeholders such as employer and patient organisations, in a united effort to change systems, working practices, and culture to ensure that doctors get the breaks they need.

You can take part in the campaign by sharing your examples of where things are changing for the better or where more work needs to be done through social media using #giveusabreak.

“Going the extra mile” endangers doctors, patients, and NHS
Fatigue and risk: are train drivers safer than doctors?
Optimising sleep for night shifts
Should doctors work 24 hour shifts?
Workplace gyms and canteens should suit doctors’ working patterns, says BMA report


Advisory Board

We have invited a group of international experts to contribute to our work on well-being and help us to identify priorities.

Alice Hartley
Urology Trainee in North-East England and chair of RCSEd #LetsRemoveIt campaign

Chris Horn
GP, academic clinical fellow, Swansea University Medical School

Chris Turner
Consultant in emergency medicine in Coventry, co-founder "Civility Saves Lives"

Cristin Lind
Patient/family leader, QRC Stockholm Kvalitetsregistercentrum

Efi Panagopoulou
Associate professor of health psychology and communication in the Medical School of Thessaloniki

Faye Gishen
Palliative medicine physician and undergraduate medical educator at UCL Medical School

Jane Lemaire
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, at the University of Calgary, Canada. Vice Chair of Physician Wellness and Vitality in the Department of Medicine University of Calgary.

Jocelyn Cornwell
Chief executive of The Point of Care Foundation

Melanie Jones
Medical career development advisor

Anthony Montgomery
Professor of Work & Organizational Psychology, University of Macedonia

Rebecca Burch
Neurologist and headache specialist in Boston and Wellness Committee chair

Ronald Epstein
Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine (Palliative Care), American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, Co-director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Clare Gerada
Medical director of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme and GP

Cat Chatfield and Abi Rimmer are the co-leads of The ݮƵ Wellbeing work. You can contact them via Twitter on and or please join group on Facebook.